When Our Horizons Meet
Jo Scicluna is a Melbourne-based artist. In a new body of work, she will explore the genre of landscape through her primary media of photography and space. In a world where landscape can act as a surrogate portrait, a marker of self, Scicluna investigates means of place making and marking, in order to translate the eternally fluid definition of self.
This investigation is formal, material and perceptual, but also relies on the collectively embedded associations, readings and assumptions that landscape, as a deeply loaded construct, holds. Scicluna plays with this departure point by depicting generic, open and placeless typologies through a photo-sculptural 'filter'. She extends the content beyond the image by conceptually activating all image components, such as the frame, its acrylic 'face' or even the architecture housing the works. As each image/object is framed differently, according to the conceptual principle informing it, the negative space of each image is negated: recasting, marking, disrupting, abstracting and, at times, obliterating the image.
Through a series of minimal physical and material treatments (all circulating around a simple geometry) such as tinted or punctured acrylic, hovering collages and two-toned frames, Scicluna plays with the notion of 'rupture' to engage the viewer. She presents an interplay of phenomena, 'what is seen' with 'what is depicted'; a photography in the state of becoming.
Supported by a City of Yarra Small Project Grant
Around Photography: An Artists' Forum
Wednesday 8 May 2013, 6-8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
In the realm of the 'post medium condition', how does a distinctly photographic sensibility transcend the photographic image and inform other material, sculptural and spatial outcomes? Artists Christo Crocker, Danica Chapell, Geoff Robinson and Kiron Robinson
join Jo Scicluna for a discussion of this question in the context of When Our Horizons Meet.
Entry by gold coin donation
Image: Jo Scicluna Where I Have Always Been [An Island] 2012 (detail)